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Following are gift-giving suggestions for patients and their families:

Infants & Toddlers: 0-2 years old

  • Mobiles, crib toy attachments 
  • Pacifiers, teething rings
  • Rattles (small size rattles for newborns)
  • Light-up/musical toys
  • Pop-up toys
  • Infant activity gyms
  • Stacking toys
  • Plastic toys, shape sorters, large blocks, balls 
  • Unbreakable crib mirrors
  • Picture board books (including books in Spanish)
  • Baby photo albums
  • Infant socks and bibs 


Pre-School: 3-6 years old

  • Doctor kits
  • Tool kits
  • Stacking toys and blocks
  • Puzzles (15 pieces or less)
  • Trucks, cars, boats, airplanes
  • Little People play sets 
  • Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head
  • Large Lego kits 
  • Dress-up dolls 
  • Popular character toys (e.g., Disney Princesses, Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Tank Engine)


School Age: 6-11 years old

  • Building sets, science kits
  • Barbies
  • Action figures
  • Board and card games
  • Body glitter, sparkling lip-gloss
  • Lego kits
  • Arts and crafts - individual kits, jewelry kits 
  • Baseballs, basketballs, footballs
  • Popular character items (e.g., Hello Kitty, Spider Man, Scooby-Doo, Hulk)


Teens: 12-21 years old

  • Arts and crafts - individual kits, paint by number, fuzzy art boards, sketch pads 
  • Disposable cameras
  • Gift cards for Best Buy, Target, iTunes
  • Bath and body beauty products (e.g., nail polish, lotion) 
  • Popular teen DVDs
  • MP3 players or CDs
  • Lego kits/K'nex kits
  • Teen magazines
  • Handheld electronic games (e.g., 20 Questions)
  • Uno card games

Inpatient Units - These items are used in our inpatient units year round:

  • UNO and other card games
  • Arts and crafts supplies (markers; colored pencils; Play-Doh; glue: individual “Elmer’s glue,” glue sticks and glue dots; craft kits)
  • Soap bubbles
  • New-release DVDs and CDs
  • Latex-free kid-design Band-Aids
  • Individual teen craft kits
  • Toys (Legos, etc.)
  • Interactive toys with lights and sounds
  • Video games for Play Station 2, X-Box, Wii
  • Self-contained toys (no separate pieces, but interactive)
  • Coloring books
  • Scrapbooking kits (any themes: sports, friendship, baby, etc.)
  • Mobiles (Please contact the Child Life department about recommended ones)
  • Infant swings (Please contact the Child Life department about recommended ones)
  • Blank journals with no binding
  • Holiday decorations
  • Holiday cut-out designs, banners, window cling design, so patients remaining in the hospital throughout the holiday can decorate their room
  • Gift wrapping items (We ask that donations be UNWRAPPED, so that Child Life staff can make the selection matched to each child’s interests and abilities. Gifts are then wrapped by our volunteers before being distributed to patients. During the holidays, parents “shop” in our holiday workshop for their children. Holiday wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue paper and bows are needed to make this occasion special.)
  • Gift Cards - Gift cards are helpful in celebrating birthdays and other special events. (e.g., Toys "R" Us, grocery stories, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, iTunes, etc.) 

Parent Wish List

Parents are often under a great deal of stress during their child's hospitalization and would appreciate receiving a small gift of comfort.

  • Journals, stationery
  • Disposable cameras
  • Bath and body items
  • Travel size toiletries
  • Prepaid phone cards
  • Relaxation CDs
  • Deck of cards
  • Parent movies
  • Stamps
  • Magazines

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